Tattoos are an important means of positive identification
for your goat. Goats that you intend to register, show, or have appraised
must be tattooed. Also, tattoos are required in certain health programs
such as the Volunteer Scrapie Certification Program.
goats are tattooed in the ear. We raise LaMancha goats, which have
very tiny ears, so we tattoo in the tail web. We actually find it
easier to tattoo in the tail, then in the ear. When we raised Nubians
(long eared goats), we tattooed them in the tails as well!
American Dairy Goat Association prefers you to use a certain letter
to designate the year of birth of the goat as the left tattoo (ear
or tail). In the right ear/tail, you use a unique herd tattoo. Our
herd tattoo is "LMB", so "LMB" goes on the goat's
right side of their tail web. On the left will go the letter of birth,
for example "P" for 2001 and the number of the kid. So the
first kid of the year would get "P1" in their left tail
web. The second kid would be "P2" and so on. Each goat must
have a different tattoo.
you begin tattooing, gather all your equipment together:
have two sets. One for the herd (right) tattoo, that we
never have to change, and one for the left tattoo, which
gets changed for each goat.
For tattooing in the tail, you will want to choose
the .300 Small Animal/Pet Tattoo pliers and digits. If
you are tattooing in the tail, do not get the pliers
with the ear release, this just makes them more difficult
to use. The best price can be found at Jeffer's (see
prefer the green tattoo paste.
digit for the tattoo
store the digits in a chunk of Styrofoam. This keeps them
orderly and easy to find which letter or number you need.
of paper, with the correct tattoos written on it.
the tattoos on the paper every time before tattooing the
goat. This not only makes sure you have the correct digits,
but also that they are in the right order.
How to tattoo:
your goat in a stand and give them some grain. Have a partner to:
a) hold up the tail.
b) restrain the goat if necessary, when you apply the tattoo pliers.
all your supplies ready. Make sure the tattoo digits are clean and
sterile. I soak mine in alcohol before and after each use. You could
also soak them in bleach water.
forget to wash the digits, pliers and toothbrush after you're done.
Clean area well
Apply tattoo ink/paste
We recommend using the green tattoo paste.
Have one person
hold up the tail.
Grab the side tail hair and pull to "flatten" the area
and make it easier to get the pliers positioned.
Squeeze the pliers
Rub in the ink/paste
with an old toothbrush
Wipe away excess
the process on the left side...
Apply tattoo ink/paste
Grab the side
tail hair and pull to "flatten" the area and make it easier
to get the pliers positioned.
Squeeze the pliers
You now have a green butted goat.
The excess ink will gradually wear away.
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